LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There have been loads of issues that went incorrect in Saturday night time’s 127-121 loss for the Philadelphia 76ers to the Indiana Pacers. Nonetheless, nothing was extra emblematic of the workforce’s dysfunction on this night time — and all through this weird, unending season — than what occurred on the finish of the primary quarter between Joel Embiid and Shake Milton.
After Milton, who changed Al Horford within the beginning lineup, had a tough first quarter, Embiid appeared to say one thing to him as he walked off the court docket at intermission. As soon as Milton realized what it was Embiid, the Sixers guard began yelling again, and tried to get in his face earlier than teammates broke it up.
“That is simply basketball,” Joel Embiid stated afterward. “Everybody makes errors. It is going to occur and it occurs in every single place. We mentioned about what was happening within the sport however you progress on and try to discover a answer. That is life. It occurs. It occurs on each workforce however you simply preserve shifting ahead.”
Sixers coach Brett Brown downplayed it, too. And, in actuality, it doubtless did not imply a lot. This stuff occur sometimes on basketball groups, and Milton may be very properly appreciated in Philadelphia’s locker room.
But it surely was emblematic of the mess that the Sixers allowed to occur on Saturday, permitting TJ Warren to attain 53 factors — and the Pacers to attain 46 within the fourth — to blow their opening sport within the bubble, and dropping the sequence benefit with Indiana within the course of. — Tim Bontemps
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Pacers not shocked by Warren’s 53-point efficiency
As quickly as T.J. Warren exited the court docket at Walt Disney World resort Saturday night time, cellphone calls and textual content messages flooded his cellphone.
After scoring a career-best 53 factors in Indiana’s 127-121 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Pacers ahead actually noticed the notifications however refused to get too excessive or too low whereas having fun with the second.
“I’ve at all times been the underdog,” stated Warren, who additionally matched the franchise’s report for 3-pointers in a sport with 9, beforehand held by Paul George.”I really feel like that is sort of like my everlasting place so I am sort of snug with that.”
Pacers head coach Nate McMillan wasn’t one of many folks blowing up his cellphone to congratulate him on turning into the fourth participant in Pacers historical past with a 50-point sport, becoming a member of Reggie Miller, Jermaine O’Neal and Billy Knight. However, Warren’s efficiency reminded him of a dialog they held in the course of the hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I informed him that I would like him to actually work on his 3-point taking pictures,” McMillan stated. “As a result of I felt that Victor (Oladipo) and Malcolm (Brogdon) have been going to be dealing with the ball lots. He was going to be that man that may be spreading and that kick out would come to him. Tonight, he was making all types of 3s.”
Warren listened. He labored tirelessly all through the league’s suspension to remain sharp from his North Carolina residence. It confirmed.
With out Brogdon (cervical pressure) and Domantas Sabonis (plantar fasciitis), Warren helped Indiana overcome a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for his or her first victory within the bubble. Courting again to his sophomore season at NC State, the place he completed third on the NCAA’s factors per sport record (24.9), the Saturday night time scoring outburst wasn’t a fluke for these round him often.
“If you realize T.J. Warren you realize he is a bucket so it isn’t stunning to me,” stated Pacers guard Aaron Vacation.
If Warren can preserve scoring like this, and the Pacers can get totally wholesome, Indiana’s probabilities to shock might be fairly excessive within the playoffs. — Eric Woodyard
The King finds The Forehead
The Lakers star’s love for soccer is much from new, as James performed soccer for 2 seasons at St. Vincent-St. Mary Excessive Faculty, scoring 27 touchdowns and attracting the eye of Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Pelicans operating out of time?
“Being on the ground and getting our ass whupped the entire time, we simply use that as juice to come back in. We won’t lose too many extra video games, we most likely cannot lose any extra video games. So we simply need to have a way of urgency on Monday and battle for every little thing we’re attempting to get.”
Clips set franchise report for 3s
Paul George led the way in which with eight triples, as 10 Clippers related from deep. In addition they tied an all-time franchise mark for 3s in 1 / 4 (9) and in a half (16). Their 16 3s within the first half was one shy of the Golden State Warriors‘ NBA report for 3s in a half (17).
The Clippers would go on to win 126-103 over the Pelicans.
Oladipo’s determination to play vital for Pacers
Domantas Sabonis‘ absence from the bubble on account of plantar fasciitis in his left foot that precipitated him to depart to hunt therapy from a specialist, made Victor Oladipo‘s determination to take part within the restart all of the extra essential for the Indiana Pacers. Throughout scrimmage video games, Pacers coach Nate McMillan changed the All-Star Sabonis with smaller lineups that includes T.J. Warren at energy ahead, creating extra want for Oladipo’s presence on the wing — to say nothing of his potential to create pictures.
Saturday’s sport in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers is essential for Indiana, with the 2 groups at present tied for fifth within the Japanese Convention. A win wouldn’t solely transfer the Pacers a sport forward within the standings but additionally give them the head-to-head tiebreaker, forcing Philadelphia to win two extra video games of their remaining seven to complete forward within the standings. Whereas ending fourth or fifth is irrelevant with all video games performed on impartial courts, Indiana will need to keep away from dropping to sixth and greater than doubtless going through the Boston Celtics within the opening spherical of the playoffs. — Kevin Pelton
LeBron, KD and Spida?
Donovan Mitchell reached the 5,000-point milestone for his profession Saturday in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Mitchell hit the mark in solely 221 video games, the third-fastest energetic participant to take action, per Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis. The 2 to do it faster? LeBron James (197) and Kevin Durant (205).
Hiya Mr. Roberson
The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder formally welcomed Andre Roberson again into the lineup Saturday, because the veteran from Colorado entered the sport halfway within the second quarter versus the Utah Jazz.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) August 1, 2020
Olynyk heats up in fourth quarter
Earlier than the hiatus, Warmth middle Kelly Olynyk hadn’t scored 20 factors in a sport this season. Then, after going scoreless within the first three quarters in opposition to Denver on Saturday, he exploded for 20 factors within the fourth quarter to assist Miami end off a 125-105 win.
Based on @ESPNStatsInfo, Kelly Olynyk is the primary Warmth participant to attain 20 factors within the fourth quarter of a sport since Dwyane Wade in February 2009.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 1, 2020
Butler modifications jersey earlier than tipoff
Miami Warmth All-Star Jimmy Butler stated he wished to put on a jersey with no social justice message and no identify on the again for the NBA restart and took the ground carrying precisely that earlier than Saturday’s tipoff in opposition to the Denver Nuggets. Nonetheless, Butler had head to the sideline and alter right into a jersey along with his final identify beneath his quantity earlier than the sport truly started. Full story
Bol Bol makes long-awaited NBA debut
After lacking the complete season earlier than the March 11 shutdown, Nuggets rookie Bol Bol made his official regular-season debut Friday. Bol, the No. 44 decide within the 2019 draft, shined in Denver’s first scrimmage, flashing the shape that had some projecting him as a lottery decide earlier than the draft. He entered the sport in the beginning of the second quarter and wanted simply 25 seconds to make his first NBA basket.
As a reminder: whereas stats depend from these video games, Bol will nonetheless be eligible for subsequent season’s Rookie of the 12 months and All-Rookie groups. https://t.co/sRyi3FJ4cR
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 1, 2020
Nuggets down three starters Saturday
The Denver Nuggets entered their first seeding sport short-handed, as starters Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton have been all declared out in opposition to the Miami Warmth. Denver went on to lose 125-105. Murray, who performed 25 minutes within the Nuggets’ ultimate scrimmage on Monday, has been coping with left hamstring tightness. Harris, who was a late arrival to the bubble, has a sore hip, and Barton has been nursing proper knee soreness. Harris did not play in Monday’s scrimmage, whereas Barton was restricted to 18 minutes.
The one bubble workforce enjoying on Saturday is New Orleans (vs. Clippers). And it’s also the final time the Pelicans play a workforce with a profitable report. So whereas the schedule will get “simpler” on paper for New Orleans, the Pelicans will face groups enjoying for his or her playoff lives for the remainder of the month after Saturday, identical to they are going to be.
8. Memphis Grizzlies | 32-34 (.485) | —
9. Portland Path Blazers | 30-37 (.448) | 2.5 GB
10. San Antonio Spurs | 28-36 (.438) | 3.Zero GB
11. Sacramento Kings | 28-37 (.431) | 3.5 GB
12. New Orleans Pelicans | 28-38 (.424) | 4.Zero GB
13. Phoenix Suns | 27-39 (.409) | 5 GB
Miami Warmth 125, Denver Nuggets 105 | Field Rating
Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 110, Utah Jazz 94 | Field Rating
LA Clippers 126, New Orleans Pelicans 103 | Field Rating
Indiana Pacers 127, Philadelphia 76ers 121 | Field Rating
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors | 8:30 P.M. ET on ESPN
Sunday’s must-see video games
The Path Blazers bought off to precisely the sort of begin they wanted, taking down the Grizzlies within the opener to shut the hole as a result of issues begin to get harder from right here. The Celtics performed the Bucks to the wire, getting a terrific sport from Marcus Sensible and looking out each bit ready, conditioned and prepared. The Path Blazers are undoubtedly a greater workforce at the moment than they have been in March. They’ll want to point out it in opposition to Boston. — Younger
There is a respectable probability the Bucks may drop 190 factors on Houston. However then once more, the Rockets may return the favor, as a result of the microball remains to be cooking. James Harden did not present any indicators of rust, and for probably the most half, Houston simply continued on with what it was doing in March. If something, the restart may need given the Rockets extra of an opportunity to work out some points, and a showdown in opposition to the Bucks is a superb probability to attempt it out in a rematch of each groups’ season opener.— Younger
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